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Norfolk man given anti-stalking order for harassing ex-partner online

PUBLISHED: 13:55 30 April 2020 | UPDATED: 14:59 30 April 2020

A man has been given a stalking protection order for harassing his ex-partner online  Picture: Getty

A man has been given a stalking protection order for harassing his ex-partner online Picture: Getty

P. SIRIPHIROON

A 34-year-old man who harassed his former partner has been handed a Stalking Protection Order under new legislation.

Daniel Harrod, of St Peters Close, West Lynn, targeted his ex-partner online after they ended their relationship in January.

His behaviour involved sending numerous messages to the victim, a woman in her 30s from the Wisbech area, via Snapchat.

Harrod was arrested at his home on February 6. He admitted harassment at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on the same day and was given a 12 month restraining order.

But while legal proceedings were ongoing, officers, in partnership with Cambridgeshire’s specialist domestic abuse worker, who is funded through the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, made an application to the court for a Stalking Protection Order to be authorised in an attempt to further safeguard the victim.

The application was granted and a three month order was imposed on April 24.

It states he must not contact the victim or members of her family, contact the victim via social media or make posts about the victim on social media.

It also states he should not engage in surveillance of the victim by any means, use any device capable of accessing the internet unless it has the capacity to display and retain such access, or approach the victim or be within 50 metres of her.

Failure to comply with the above measures will result in arrest.

PC Stacy Smith, who investigated Harrod, said his actions caused the victim to experience “months of anxiety and distress”.

“This case was a real team effort between the constabulary and Cambridgeshire’s specialist domestic abuse worker, who was instrumental in supporting the victim throughout,” she said.

“No one should have to go through life feeling scared or worried of someone else’s actions and I hope this case highlights a real multi-agency commitment to safeguarding victims of stalking and harassment.”

The Stalking Protection Act came into force in January. For information and advice about stalking and harassment, call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300.


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